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Men's Lacrosse - Thu, Jul. 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Lane Zierten has been named Cornell College's new head men's lacrosse coach, it was announced Thursday by Interim Director of Athletics Jeff Meeker.

Zierten (pronounced ZUR-ten) comes to the Hilltop after two successful seasons as defensive coordinator/goalie coach at NAIA's Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. His official start date is July 18.

"Lane's energy and passion for coaching lacrosse and his interest in making an impact with our student-athletes were immediately apparent," Meeker said. "We believe Lane will be an outstanding addition to our staff. We look forward to working with him as he takes the helm of our lacrosse program."

Zierten was a three-year starting goalie and two-time team captain at Kean (Union, N.J.) University from 2010-13. He brings four years of coaching experience, the past two assisting a nationally-ranked Siena Heights squad.

"First and foremost, I am really excited to become a Cornell Ram," said Zierten, a native of Washington Township, N.J. "I look forward at the chance to reinforce the positivity of our players, teach them how to be great young men and spread the enthusiasm I have for the sport."

Zierten takes over a Ram program entering its fourth varsity season in 2018. The team finished 7-8 this past spring, topping the combined win total from the previous two years.

"I am committed to this and looking to build the program up," Zierten said. "I know we are already competitive in the (Midwest Lacrosse Conference). There's no reason why we can't compete for a conference championship. I want to set the tone for Cornell College for years to come."

Siena Heights' 2017 squad went 7-3, ranked fourth nationally in goals allowed per game (7.8) and was also among the nation's best with an .875 man-down percentage for the season. Zierten's goalie, Tyler Hooper, earned second team all-America honors and twice was tabbed National Defensive Player of the Week.

In 2016, Zierten helped guide Siena Heights to the semifinals of the NAIA Tournament and a No. 4 final national ranking. That 13-7 team was crowned CCLA West Division champions and also appeared in the MCLA National Tournament.

Zierten coached four all-Americans and nine all-conference performers during his brief stint at Siena Heights. The honorees featured an MCLA First Team All-American defenseman in 2016.

As a player at Kean University, Zierten was part of a strong program that reached the conference championship game three of four years. During his 2013 senior season, the Cougars broke the school record for wins with a 15-3 mark. Zierten received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kean in 2014.

Zierten was an assistant coach at New Jersey high schools Jackson Memorial (2013-14) and Ridge (2014-15). He coached two goalies committed to NCAA Division I programs.